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Old 04-19-2022, 06:44 PM   #61
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You folks are making great progress. Happy you posted the update. It is a process of one rivet popped, one leak repaired, one replacement part made, or one wall painted at a time. And it takes lots of time. Your trailer will be worth a ton when it is done.

I left my 75 Overlander 27' floor layout the same also. It doesn't look like it but most of the bulkhead walls were rebuilt, all of the cabinets and bath fixtures were rebuilt, the appliances were upgraded, as well as frame repairs, subfloor repairs, new axles, new plumbing and electrical stuff. The old trailer became new again.

Kinda wish I had built a mid bath layout as that layout is more convenient. The big rear bath is kinda old fashioned anymore. I did build a mid bath in the son's 69 Globetrotter 21'. It is much better than the original rear corner bath in my view, but it did take up some valuable floor space.

The Argosy project will be fun also. They are unique Airstreams.

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Old 04-19-2022, 09:06 PM   #62
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Hi David!

Thanks for checking in again. It is a slow process, but we also don't want to miss any leaks, or forget to run some wires...something silly that could have been dealt with easily when everything was still apart. Getting that endcap back was a big deal for us as it was the first interior piece to go back in.

We've repainted some of the inside skins while they've been out, and of course the screens have been painted and new screen material installed as well.

Over the last few rains it looks like we've gotten the last small leaks fixed, so the rear endcap and interior skins will follow soon.

I'm not sure I'd want to move things around too much in the trailer. The tanks and piping all fit really nicely where they are and moving a bathroom would have required a lot more engineering and time. We're really anxious to get out and use it this summer, so going with what Airstream came up with is fine for us.

The one change I am making is that in place of the three door closet and small open wardrobe on the street side, there will be a pair of bunks built into the space. That will allow all four kids to have permanent beds, while we sleep on the front Dinette. We get up first anyway and that bed is coffee maker adjacent. The original walls that were at each end of where the new bunks will be were replaced with 3/4 Baltic Birch to make the final assembly a little better at bearing weight. We're trying not to add much weight overall to the trailer, but it will likely end up 200-300 pounds heavier than before. Mostly from using heavier ply in some key spots.

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Old 04-19-2022, 09:10 PM   #63
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One other thing...

I'm not sure when you reno'd the Overlander, but that interior looks really fresh and clean! The wood panels in our 86 were a much darker shade that in your 75.

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Old 04-21-2022, 06:29 PM   #64
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I renovated the 75 Overlander 27' in 2018 and finished in 2019. The interior was this light oak wood color plastic laminate. Most of the 70s trailers are the dark walnut color, which popular back then. I don't find that the light oak was an option for the 75 Overlander. You can see the dark color in my galley tambour door. I needed a replacement and found this one in the Airstream Classified. The seller said it was a light color, but when received it was the dark color. I'm using it for now even though it looks a bit goofy. I'm happy my trailer is the light oak interior color. Our 86 Limited is a dark hickory color. The cabinets in that trailer are very well crafted and have held up well.

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Old 05-06-2022, 09:19 PM   #65
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Our wood grain definitely wasn't a dark hickory... Sort of a medium oak pattern. We didn't like it all that much so it's pretty much gone from the interior.

We've been working away at getting the inside skins back up, which consists of a healthy dose of krud kutter and scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush. Once the panels are dry, they get a coat of Kilz primer and then two coats of paint.

Getting the rear end cap into place was a bit of a struggle. I have more 120V wires than the original design and I think it made the fit a little snug. All of the rivets on both end caps were upsized to 5/32, just to make sure everything was tight.

I also moved the main 120/240V breaker to a separate enclosure near the floor. I'm almost read to install the new 50A inlet. Maybe tomorrow if the weather is good.

One of the items I added was a 20A circuit from the inverter to the panel. This will give us the ability to power any circuit in the 120V panel from the inverter. Obviously the AC is out, but I didn't want to have dedicated inverter receptacles that would almost certainly end up in the wrong places. Lol.

Everything will need one more coat once all the interior skins are in so we can cover all the shiny aluminum rivet heads.

It's exciting to have the interior coming together. Most of the interior parts are already painted and ready to install, so that part should be speedy. Attachment 415629Attachment 415630Attachment 415631Attachment 415632Click image for larger version

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Old 05-06-2022, 09:24 PM   #66
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We've also gotten our dinette all assembled in the basement and set the new cushions on them. Almost ready to move this into the trailer and that will let me install and wire all the 12V systems. Converter, Inverter, DC fuse panel, solar charge controller, DC-DC charger etc. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-06-2022, 11:37 PM   #67
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Those cushions look very nice. Looking forward to seeing the whole thing installed.
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Old 05-07-2022, 06:37 AM   #68
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Thank you! We had a local upholstery company make them for us and they did a great job. I'm really excited to get the dinette in there, as it was built from scratch. I fit all the parts before we took the shell off, so there may be some adjustments to make. So far all of the interior skins have gone back on without using new rivet holes, so I don't think anything has shifted much inside.

This part is much more fun than earlier in the project when I was sliding around under the frame painting it with POR-15.
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